Catherine Flynn

Assistant Professor
C34 Hearst Annex
on leave

Professional Statement

Catherine Flynn works on British and Irish modernist literature. Her book project, James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, reads Ulysses and Finnegans Wake alongside Walter Benjamin's Arcades Project, considering Joyce and Benjamin’s radical rejections of the conventions of fiction and theory within a context of urban writing that ranges from nineteenth-century realist fiction to twentieth-century surrealist works.

Catherine Flynn joined the Department of English in 2012. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University’s Introduction to the Humanities Program from 2009 to 2012. She received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2009 and her B.A. in English and Philosophy from University College Cork in 2000. She practiced as an architect in Ireland and in Vienna, Austria; she has a B.Arch from University College Dublin.


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

“From Dowel to Tesseract: Joyce and De Stijl from ‘Cyclops’ to Finnegans Wake

            European Joyce Studies. Vol. 24 (April 2016): 20-45.

“Marxist Modernisms: From Jameson to Benjamin”

A Handbook of Modernism Studies, ed. Jean-Michel Rabaté. Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell. 2013. 123-38.

“Joyce, Kafka and the Sirens"

Praharfeast: James Joyce in Prague, eds. Michael Groden, David Spurr, David Vichnar. Prague: Litteraria Pragensia Books, 2012. 104-20.

“‘Circe’ and Surrealism: Joyce and the Avant-Garde”

            Journal of Modern Literature (JML), 34:2 (Winter 2011): 121-38.

“A Brechtian Epic at Eccles Street: Matter, Meaning and History in ‘Ithaca’”

Éire-Ireland, 45:3&4 (Fall/Winter 2010): 66-86.


Recent English Courses Taught

Spring, 2017
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
45C/2 Literature in English: Late-19th through the 20th Century Introductory Surveys
45C/201 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
45C/202 -- discussion section No instructor assigned yet.
Spring, 2016
Course & Section Course Name Course Areas
126/1 British Literature: 1900-1945: The Modernist Novel British 20th- and 21st-Century
190/7 Research Seminar: Materiality: How the Physical World Is Made to Mean Research Seminars

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